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Why is this news?: Ohio State athletics self-reports 8 NCAA violations, Terrelle Pryor works out for Bengals

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Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer looks on.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer looks on.
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"Through a roughly three-month period beginning in July, Ohio State athletics self-reported eight NCAA or Big Ten violations - including one that led to at least temporary ineligibility for student-athletes - but none involved football or men's basketball."

- Tim Moody, The Lantern

The Ohio State athletics program has self-reported eight NCAA or Big Ten violations, none of which involved the football or men's basketball team. Among the programs listed were Diving, Women's Swimming, Men's Wrestling, Women's Rowing, Men's Golf, Women's Tennis, and Men's Soccer.

The Diving and Women's Swimming teams committed a violation that involved making comments to recruits before commitments, which seem like more of a slap-on-the-wrist type of situation. Perhaps the violation that jumps out the most came from Men's Soccer, who had an "ineligible Student-Athlete."

"There is still a healthy curiosity surrounding former Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor, and the Cincinnati Bengals were reportedly the most recent team to check him out."

- Conor Orr, Around The NFL

Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor has been bouncing around the ranks of the NFL so far this season, after being let go from the Seattle Seahawks following their preseason games. The latest team to give the dual-threat quarterback a tryout was the Cincinnati Bengals, who currently have two quarterbacks on their roster (not counting rookie quarterback AJ McCarron, who is on the reserved roster with a non-injury).

It makes sense for the Bengals to give the fourth-year Pryor a shot, considering their lack of depth. With Andy Dalton the unquestioned starter, only Jason Campbell is on the roster for backup duties. Not to mention that the Bengals employ Hue Jackson as their offensive coordinator. Jackson has been known to love running plays involving some trickery, so perhaps signing Pryor would help out in that area as well, considering Pryor's versatility.

"Ohio State was voted second but was as low as fifth on three ballots."

- Bob Baptist, The Columbus Dispatch

27 media members sent in their ballots containing their predictions for where teams will place in the upcoming season to the Big Ten, in preparations for Thursday's basketball Big Ten Media Day. Wisconsin was the unanimous pick for the number one spot in the conference, earning all 27 votes, and with four starters back from their Final Four team, it's no surprise the Badgers are the favorite in the Big Ten this season.

Ohio State was listed second on the ballot, with Michigan State checking in at third. Rounding out the top five was Nebraska and Michigan at fourth and fifth, respectively. From six to the bottom of the conference, the ballot went with Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Purdue, Penn State, Northwestern, and Rutgers to finish 14th.

"Braxton gave us the ‘wow' factor and would take one [to the end zone] at any time. You saw a couple times last year 60 yards, 70 yards. I know J.T., and that's not really his game. He's a move the chain quarterback."

- Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, via Austin Ward, ESPN

Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman has been keeping track of how well redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett has been running the football. On each play that involves Barrett, the coach has to mark when Barrett made the right or wrong decision on when to keep the ball himself and run or to hand it off to his running mate. Herman notes that sometimes it's not so much about the schematics of the play, but more about if Barrett was able to gain yards off of it.

Coach Herman thinks Barrett is making the right decision 85 percent of the time, which is impressive, given the short amount of time Barrett has played since being thrust into the starting role. The article also notes the 7.8 yards per carry on zone-read rushes that Barrett has, clearly showing he can be an effective runner. Compared to Braxton Miller, who could make a wrong read (as the article mentions) and still come away with a positive play due to his extreme athleticism, Barrett doesn't have to have the jukes and spins that Miller possesses. In similar fashion to Kenny Guiton, making the right read opens up plenty of space for Barrett to run, allowing him to keep the offense moving as planned.